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News day / The Prison Service, in a news release, also condemned the report, calling it “reckless, irresponsible, ill-informed and malicious.” “He is too disrespectful and callous!” Richards said yesterday when contacted by Newsday.

“His actions on Friday has misled members of the public into thinking that hard-working members of the Prison Service are conducting illegal activities.

He has undermined the Prison Service by reporting on actions without asking anything of the Prison Service, or without conducting any investigations whatsoever.

Inspector Roger Alexander has to apologise. If he is a big man, he will say sorry for his poor reporting.” Richards called on Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams to look into the matter and expressed disappointment that a television show, funded by the government to highlight the actions of one law enforcement agency, would maliciously undermine the legitimate actions of a fellow law enforcement agency.

Newsday understands that on Friday, Alexander’s show, Beyond the Tape, featured a story which alleged that a prisoner was taken, by prison officers, to a bank in San Fernando to conduct business.

He was seen without handcuffs and was said to have been conducting his business freely.

Alexander claimed he received a picture from an ex offender who was at the bank at the time and recognised the prisoner.

The Prison Service, in a statement issued yesterday, explained that an individual who was remanded into prison in 2009, for the alleged murder of his wife, was granted approval to go to the First Citizen’s Bank in San Fernando to sign over his account to his sister.

“The visit was planned and executed by officers of the Prison Welfare Department, along with the Operations Department of the prison and bank security. The prisoner was accompanied at all times by armed members of staff in civilian wear.

“In order to eliminate panic the inmate was allowed to enter the bank in a closely supervised and monitored operation without handcuffs.” The Prison Service said the father of the inmate’s slain wife, who was at the bank at the time, recognised the inmate and expressed concern. Prison officers attempted to allay the fears of the father-in-law, but he still proceeded to take photographs of the prison vehicle which escorted the inmate.

It was explained that that this is not the first time that an operation of this nature has been conducted since the Prison’s Welfare Department has, on several occasions, allowed inmates to conduct business like the renewing of a National ID or Driver’s Permit, or banking while under heavy guard.

In this particular case, the prisoner’s National ID, Driver’s Permit and bank card had expired, making it difficult to pay legal fees and take care of his son.

Attempts to reach Williams and Alexander yesterday were futile.

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